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File M for Murder (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – January 31, 2012
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Since then I have published twenty additional mysteries, the latest of which is ARSENIC AND OLD BOOKS, the sixth in the Cat in the Stacks series. In my day-to-day life I am a librarian like Charlie (except my specialty is medical libraries) and I have two cats, neither of whom is a Maine Coon. I love reading and writing mysteries and taking care of two spoiled cats (that's probably redundant--all cats are spoiled because they generally accept no less). I write mysteries to entertain readers and help them relax and get away from the pressures of daily life. That's why I read them myself.
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In File M for Murder, Charlie is surprised when his daughter, Laura, returns home from Hollywood to fill in for another professor at the local college. Charlie, Sean and Diesel are thrilled to have her home.
He then learns that her old boyfriend, Connor Lawton, a playwright, is also at the college as a writer-in-residence, working on his new play and helped her get the job. Charlie in not at all impressed with the man who is just plain rude. Connor is also followed to Athena by an old girlfriend who believes she is the only woman good enough for Connor.
Before the sharp tongued writer can finish his play he is murdered and Charlie's daughter becomes the prime suspect. Charlie and Diesel are on the case. He soon finds many other viable suspects but can he find the real killer before any of his family or friends end up filed under M for murder.
Yes, Diesel is one of the shining stars of this series. His meows, warbles, chirrups, and head bumps are priceless. He is so in tune to human's feelings. If you are a cat person like me you will truly understand. But without Charlie there is no story so together they make a great team of shining stars. We also know that Charlie is not the only human who talks to their pets like they understand exactly what we are saying. I know Azalea is shaking her head at me.Read more ›
Just as Charlie is getting reacquainted and use to having his grown son around, his daughter Laura surprising him to come home too. Laura, an actress living in LA, will teaching a couple basic courses in the theatre department. She got the job with the help of Connor Lawton. Lawton is an arrogant playwright and is at Athena for two semester as writer-in-residence.
Laura had been in a relationship with Connor, but for her it is over, Connor is not ready to concede the loss of Laura. Then Damitra Vane arrives in town, making it clear that she is Connor's girlfriend and will do anything to make sure she remains that way. Laura goes to Connor's apartment in hopes of explaining her feelings for him and hoping to work with Connor solely on a professional basis, only to find him dead.
Quite naturally being the one that found the body, she quickly becomes a person of interest. Especially once the police learn that she has Connor thumb drive for his missing computer. But soon Laura is attacked in her office and a fire is started at her dad's house. Then Damitra is found murdered too.
The pressure is now on Charlie, Sean and Laura to find if there are any clues on the thumb drive that would help find the murderer before they are able to strike again.
This a very delightful series and an easy read. James is a great story teller.
I'm not much of a cat person, but I must say that Diesel, Charlie's rescue Maine Coon cat does put a smile on my face.
So looking forward to the next book in the series.
Connor makes it clear he wants his former fiancée Laura back in his life while another female Damitra Vane makes it clear she wants him back in her life. After alienating everyone including Diesel the Maine coon cat, someone murders Connor. Athena County's Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Berry investigates the homicide. Laura is a prime suspect as she found the corpse and stole a thumb drive from the crime scene. With her brother Sean, her father and the cat trying to protect her from an adversary's dangerous assaults, the clues to the author's murder lies on the thumb drive, if the Harris family can figure what they mean.
The latest A Cat In The Stacks mystery (see Murder Past Due) is an engaging regional cozy in which the murder occurs off page about a quarter of the way into the whodunit. The leisurely paced storyline is fun to follow as someone wants to insure that the secret that Connor uncovered remains interred with him. Mindful of Alexander McCall Smith's Corduroy Mansions though a different setting, fans will enjoy this tale of the Harris family that sleuths together stays together.
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A wonderful story. Especially for me, a former librarian, A good blend of deep South history and current mysteryPublished 3 months ago by Wayne Moore
Easy reading mystery. Excellent for bedtime reading. The cat is great..Published 3 months ago by Luci
A friend of mine introduced me to the Cat in the Stacks series, I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and read the second and third books as well. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ginsgnts
I enjoyed File M for Murder it was a easy read! Its always interesting to have aCat involved in a Murder Mystery1Published 6 months ago by Karol